John Colet

(1467—1519) dean of St Paul's and founder of St Paul's School

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Colet, a cleric and educator, was born in London and probably attended Cambridge University before travelling to Paris and Orléans, and to Italy. About 1496 Colet began to teach in Oxford, gaining a reputation for his exposition of the meaning of the Pauline Epistles. Colet's piety and eloquence impressed Erasmus from their first meeting in 1499; he was later Erasmus' patron and helper. As dean of St Paul's from 1505 to his death of the sweating sickness in 1519, Colet refounded and endowed St Paul's School (1509).

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